Fourteen post-war office buildings have been listed by the English Heritage. Located in cities across England the new additions were built between 1964 and 1984. The listing means that they can’t be demolished and are protected.
The buildings have been chosen to show how architecture has responded to changes in the workplace. However, many critics have deemed the post-war buildings ‘ugly’ and an ‘eyesore’.
The Heritage Minister, Ed Vaizey said, “Listed buildings are not just about historic houses and ancient monuments, they also serve to protect our recent heritage and preserve the best examples of our fantastic architecture.” He went on to say the listing “reflect the changing face of our working environment”.
The buildings recognise the work of modern architects including Norman Foster, Peter Foggo and Richard Seifert. The new listings are part of the English Heritage’s work to protect buildings from a wide variety of time periods.
Director of Designation at English Heritage, Roger Bowdler said, “These offices show how architecture has adapted to recent radical changes in how we work; they show how the open-plan working space for computer-led work came about, and how architects responded to the need for lettable, attractive spaces with ingenuity and a deep understanding of human needs.”
“These offices show how architecture has adapted to recent radical changes in how we work; they show how the open-plan working space for computer-led work came about”
Perhaps at some point in the future the English Heritage will be listing office buildings that we have worked on!
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Posted February 3, 2015